5 Events That Shaped Business in Charles

In the current issue of its newsletter, the Charles County Chamber of Commerce reviews "five moments that shaped the way business is done in Charles County" in an article looking back at the 20th century.

This handful of events may not have been the most significant events in county history, the organization said, but they nevertheless had a "profound impact."

The five events are:

* The opening of the P.S. Bowling & Co. store in Bel Alton in 1911. The store eventually moved to Charles Street in La Plata and became a community landmark. Buffeted by competition from the retail explosion of Waldorf in the 1980s and 1990s, the store closed in 1997.

* The opening in 1940 of the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge that carries Route 301 across the Potomac River.

* The formation of the chamber of commerce in 1956 by politician Reed W. McDonagh.

* The beginning of the St. Charles planned community in the 1970s by James Wilson. St. Charles helped suburbanize Charles County, and its St. Charles Towne Center shopping mall opened in 1990.

* The July 1998 findings of a study on falling property values in Waldorf. The study suggested that the decline in values was tied to slow job growth, which led to a reinvigoration of the county's economic development efforts.

PEPCO Recognized for Wildlife Work

Employees at Potomac Electric Power Co.'s (PEPCO) Morgantown Generating Station and Faulkner Ash Storage Site were honored earlier this month by the Wildlife Habitat Council for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation.

The PEPCO wildlife team at the two installations on the Potomac River in southern Charles County next to the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge maintains artificial nesting structures for wild birds and has overseen extensive tree plantings.

In addition, the facilities participate in fish and oyster hatching programs, and they host a 4-H Natural Resources Summer Camp each year.

The Wildlife Habitat Council, based in Silver Spring, works throughout the nation and in several foreign countries to build partnerships between corporations and conservation groups aimed at balancing economic growth with maintaining a healthy environment.

Calvert Chamber Offers Business Counseling

The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce offers free business counseling to established business operators and prospective owners and managers of new ventures.

The free counseling helps individuals create and assess a business plan, identify sources of funding, and evaluate franchise or home business opportunities.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment, call the chamber office at 410-535-2577.

Charles Chamber Honors Volunteers

The Charles County Chamber of Commerce honored several volunteers recently during its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night at Pope's Creek.

Those recognized for their work on behalf of the business organization were William Cooke, an agent with Edward L. Sanders Insurance in La Plata; Kenneth Hayden, district manager for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative in Hughesville; and Ralph Martin, vice president of Chesapeake Publishing Corp. in Waldorf.

New Food Service Manager at Morningside

Paul Thorne has been named the new food service manager at Morningside House of St. Charles, an assisted living community.

Thorne is a graduate of the American Culinary Federation Institute and holds the Navy Mess Management School Food Sanitation Certificate.

He retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer and served as a mess specialist at postings all over the world for nearly 20 years.

Board Members Elected at Charles Chamber

Seven new members have been elected to the Charles County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Those chosen in the fall elections are R. Gore Bolton, president of Bolton Latham L.L.C. in Waldorf; Robert H. Eaton, vice president of Branch Banking & Trust Co. in Waldorf; Ann M. Mundy, owner of Especially Yours gift baskets in Waldorf; Tom Nelson, founder of Tom Nelson Illustration and Design and of Charles County's Main Street in White Plains; Jerry Green, controller for Dennis Anderson Construction Corp. in Waldorf; Mary I. Shasho, leasing specialist for Baldus Real Estate Inc. in Waldorf; and Robert A. Sterling, vice president for investments of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. in Waldorf.